A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.
In 2270, Earth is completely depleted and no one lives there anymore. Those that have money move to Rhea; but most of the population lives in orbit in space stations. Dr. Laura Portmann ... See full summary »
Anna Katharina Schwabroh,
An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.
In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film. Written by
The end credits do not include the usual "The events and persons depicted in this film are fictitious..." or "The film is based on the real events..." section. See more »
Early in the movie (approximately 9 minutes) Abbey is flying a plane over mountains and approaches a town that is labeled "Nome, Alaska." The town is surrounded by vast mountain ranges and lush greenery. Satellite images of Nome Alaska from Google Maps show no elevation or mountain ranges anywhere near the Nome. The Google Maps images also show a very large airport and runways to the north west of Nome which should be visible when Abbey is flying over what was labeled Nome. The airport/runways are not there in the movie. See more »
I'm actress Milla Jovovich, and I will be portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler in The Fourth Kind. This film is a dramatization of events that occurred October 1st through the 9th of 2000, in the Northern Alaskan town of Nome. To better explain the events of this story, the director has included actual archived footage throughout the film. This footage was acquired from Nome psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who has personally documented over 65 hours of video and audio materials during the ...
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Over the closing credits; there are a series of radio interviews with eyewitness to close encounters of the first to fourth kind See more »
When I first decided to watch this movie, I had forgotten it's premise, and merely had it categorized in a long list of scary movies. I was pleasantly surprised, and successfully scared.
THE FOURTH KIND's title refers to the type of encounter with some time of being not of this earth, which is the most severe and intense. The first kind being a sighting, the second kind being some sort of evidence of an encounter left behind, etc. In 1977, Steven Spielberg showed us what an encounter of the third kind was supposed to look like, and for awhile, aliens who interacted with humans were regularly portrayed as friendly, curious, and innocuous (think E.T.). When aliens were portrayed as harmful to humans, the setting was often away from planet earth (Alien, Pandorum), and films of that nature were accepted up front as the purest form of fiction. On occasion, a film based on true events would tackle the notion of alien abduction here on earth. 1993's FIRE IN THE SKY fit that mold, and gave me a good scare.
In watching THE FOURTH KIND, we as the audience are told at the beginning that the story we are about to watch is based on a true story, with real life video shown side by side with the fictional portrayal by actors on the screen. I found this to be very effective, although at first I was a bit taken aback by Milla Jovovich's appearance on screen as Milla the actress, explaining ahead of time what we were about to see as Milla playing the character of Dr. Abigail Tyler. While I appreciated the explanation, which helped to set our expectations while we watched the split screen of real video/actor video, I felt that the need to tell us in the audience that it was up to us whether to believe the story or not, was a bit contrived. Add to it the appearance of both Milla and the director at the end of the film to repeat the same message, and it becomes condescending.
Nonetheless, all of the actor portrayals were solid, including Will Patton as the myopic, just-the-facts small town sheriff, and Elias Koteas as Dr. Tyler's disbelieving colleague. And kudos to Milla Jovovich's portrayal as Dr. Tyler, as we watch her character deteriorate over time into an almost catatonic state, enduring nothing but skepticism and loss.
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